NC Coastal Research Fellowship open for proposals

Published 11:11 am Saturday, February 26, 2022

North Carolina Sea Grant and the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve are accepting applications for the 2022 North Carolina Coastal Research Fellowship. The deadline is March 4.

Graduate students based in North Carolina have the opportunity to conduct research within one or more of the 10 sites that constitute the Coastal Reserve. Using the reserve sites as a research platform, the new fellow will conduct hypothesis-based research that addresses coastal management issues in one or more of the following areas:

  • Direct and indirect impacts of dredging and spoil management.
  • Sources and impacts of emerging contaminants, plastics and marine debris.
  • Impact of invasive species on coastal ecosystems.
  • Evaluation of habitat restoration practices and/or shoreline stabilization approaches.
  • Effects of water quality on Reserve flora, fauna and/or habitats.
  • Evaluation of wetland carbon stocks and assessment of soil and flora properties driving spatial variability.
  • Development and application of innovative technologies to enhance research and monitoring in coastal systems.

“This fellowship program, entering its second decade of service to North Carolina graduate students, is looking to continue its strong track record of student training and research results for the Reserve System,” says John Fear, deputy director for North Carolina Sea Grant. “I look forward to reading all the excellent applications from our universities’ main campuses and students at coastal labs.”

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Proposals are due by 5 p.m. EST on March 4, 2022.

North Carolina Sea Grant and the N.C. Coastal Reserve anticipate awarding one fellowship for $10,000. All work must take place April 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023.

For more information, visit To read about some of the past fellows, visit